DRIVER SAFETY FACTS AND TIPS
After you successfully pass your driver's test, you will be anxious to get on the road. But, there are a lot of critical safety items to be aware of – required for drivers of all skill levels and years of experience, but especially critical for new drivers with little experience behind the steering wheel. Here’s a list of the important safety suggestions for new drivers, as offered by the driving towing and safety experts at Cincinnati Towing.
Temporary Drivers Licenses
In most states, new drivers first receive a limited or restricted, driver’s license. This is a probationary period driver's license – usually six months – timeframe where a new driver has to drive within specific restrictions to assure your safety. Speed limits do not usually create much of a risk in urban area, as cities usually have lower speed limits between 25 and 35 mph, however, they do make a big difference on interstate highways. Newer drivers should always drive at least 10 mph slower than other drivers on the road, and allow drivers to pass as often as possible. This can create potential safety problems, so new drivers should always focus on the road ahead and not be distracted by passing vehicles.
Accidents are a big risk for new drivers. it is calculated that one our of ever 4 new drivers has some type of accident within their first year of driving. This is extended to newish drivers between the ages of 17 and 25, where 1 out of 8 gets into an accident during this time of their driving career. Almost all of these accidents are caused by driver error due to negligence or distraction. Consequently, if you are a new or newer driver, please be extra cautious and aware when driving in your first 8 years or so.
Weather is another factor most new drivers struggle with. Inclement weather can create hazardous road conditions making driving even more challenging for new drivers. Rain, snow, and ice make driving more challenging for drivers of all levels, so new drivers must be much more careful in these condition to maintain their safety and the safety of those around them.
Most new drivers forget 90% of what they learned in drivers school when they hit the road with their new license. It is critical new drivers understand how to properly operate their vehicles as well as how to administer basic roadside repairs, such as a flat tire. Further, new drivers should understand the basics of their equipment in terms of engine mechanics, such as oil changes, tire inflation, wiper fluid, etc. Knowing your equipment is critical in any aspect of mechanized travel and is no different in automobiles.
Getting a flat tire can be frustrating and dangerous. If this happens, make sure to safely pull off to the side of the road immediately and call roadside assistance. But what if you don’t even know you have one? If you’re not aware of the signs until it’s too late, a flat tire can cause damage to your rubber, belts, and rim and could possibly cause an accident put. Here are three ways to detect a flat tire before it happens.
Tire Roadside Assistance Professionals Explain 3 Ways to Identify a Flat Tire
Your Steering Is Heavy or Forced
If you have a flat tire on one of your front wheels, it will be easy to tell. Your steering may start to feel heavy or forced to one side. If you have a flat on your back wheels, it can be very difficult to recognize. This is why you should always check your tire air pressure at least once a month. The correct air pressure depends on the make and model of your vehicle. You can find the correct tire pressure on the side of your tire.
You Hear Something Burst
If your flat tire is not due to decreased air pressure over time, you’re likely to hear a burst or a loud noise as if you hit a nail or other sharp object. If you hear something like this, pull off to the side of the road immediately. Depending on how bad the leak is, you may need to call a tow truck to move your car to a safe location.
Your Vehicle Slows Down
A flat tire will keep you from accelerating at the rate you’re used to. If you find yourself pushing on the gas without result, you probably have a flat tire and didn’t know it. If you do need roadside assistance once you’re safely on the side of the road, be sure to see if there are any additional fees for vehicle recovery from your towing company. Many tow companies charge both a hookup fee for the tow truck and a certain amount of money per mile towed.
Think you may have a flat and don’t know who to call? Trust the professionals from Cincinnati Towing in Cincinnati, OH! With 24-hour roadside assistance, you can get help when you need it. Give us a call at (513) 466-0086 or visit our website for more information.